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Funded by Breakout Labs May 2012
in Livermore, CA
Positron Dynamics, Inc. is developing methods to enhance the production and collection of positrons, a class of elementary particles. Positrons have many near-term applications, for example, in medical imaging; in the long run, they may be a source of energy-antimatter propulsion-for space travel. Co-founders Ryan Weed and Joshua Machacek have doctorates from one of the top positron physics labs in the world, and Bala Ramamurthy has experience in spacecraft and rocket development at all stages in the product life cycle. Using Breakout Labs funding, the team has taken simulated designs for ‘cooling’ and capturing positrons emitted from a radioactive source into a fabricated prototype. Their immediate goal is to develop their technology for positron propulsion and power source applications.